"Fun for the whole family"
by Julia Taylor for remotegoat on 20/12/12

The only thing that deviates from a traditional panto in the Garrick's production of Cinderella, written and directed by Alan Clements, are the young singers and dancers who have the audience clapping along with them.

Otherwise, this favourite of fairy stories sticks to the tale of Cinders in the kitchen, bullied by her two ugly sisters and longing for a prince charming to sweep her off her busy little feet.

When her sisters go to a ball at the Palace, it would seem she is doomed to drudgery. But then, in a flash, Val Watkinson's Fairy Godmother appears and transports her there in a magical coach.

Tania Owen, who plays the title role, has an uncanny likeness to another who transformed from commoner to royalty, the Duchess of Cambridge. Her excitement at the fortunate turn of events is palpable.

Everyone in the audience both adults and children feel sorry for her and hating the way she is treated, boo her sisters as loudly as they can.

Dressed in garish clothing, the appropriately named Trafford (Barry Spencer) and 'her' sister, Etihad (Dave Midgeley) bully and chide her for all they are worth.

Forcing her to tear up the precious invitation to the ball, they set off in their glad rags to seduce Dandini (Kate Millington) in the belief he is the prince.

This show isn't primarily about the story, it's about the atmosphere, the interaction with the audience especially well carried out by Adam Gonet's Buttons as well as the sisters, the smattering of slapstick, the song sheet and the kids coming on stage.

Mention should be made of the sparkling costumes, designed by Mike Shaw and his wardrobe team. They are especially dazzling in the ball and the finale.

The important thing is that there is something for everyone adults and children alike.

Events, Venues & Times
Showing until 06/01/13 Altrincham Garrick Playhouse Barrington Road, Altrincham
Cheshire WA14 1HZ


The only thing that deviates from a traditional panto in the Garrick's production of Cinderella, written and directed by Alan Clements, are the young singers and dancers who have the audience clapping along with them.

Otherwise, this favourite of fairy stories sticks to the tale of Cinders in the kitchen, bullied by her two ugly sisters and longing for a prince charming to sweep her off her busy little feet.

When her sisters go to a ball at the Palace, it would seem she is doomed to drudgery. But then, in a flash, Val Watkinson's Fairy Godmother appears and transports her there in a magical coach.

Tania Owen, who plays the title role, has an uncanny likeness to another who transformed from commoner to royalty, the Duchess of Cambridge. Her excitement at the fortunate turn of events is palpable.

Everyone in the audience both adults and children feel sorry for her and hating the way she is treated, boo her sisters as loudly as they can.

Dressed in garish clothing, the appropriately named Trafford (Barry Spencer) and 'her' sister, Etihad (Dave Midgeley) bully and chide her for all they are worth.

Forcing her to tear up the precious invitation to the ball, they set off in their glad rags to seduce Dandini (Kate Millington) in the belief he is the prince.

This show isn't primarily about the story, it's about the atmosphere, the interaction with the audience especially well carried out by Adam Gonet's Buttons as well as the sisters, the smattering of slapstick, the song sheet and the kids coming on stage.

Mention should be made of the sparkling costumes, designed by Mike Shaw and his wardrobe team. They are especially dazzling in the ball and the finale.

The important thing is that there is something for everyone adults and children alike.

Event venues and times
finished Altrincham Garrick Playhouse | Barrington Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1HZ

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